Pokkén Tournament’s Controller Comes Saddled with Some Awkward Restrictions

By on January 26, 2016 at 11:09 am

Although Pokkén Tournament represents a dream come true for folks eagerly awaiting a Pokémon fighting game, new specifications confirmed for the official controller make the dream a bit more awkward than is probably necessary.

According to its Nintendo UK store listing, the arcade-inspired peripheral won’t be available to the first player in multiplayer matches, who will instead have to make due with the unwieldy Wii U gamepad. This leads us to believe that, much like other games before it, Pokkén Tournament also won’t support the unique controller in single-player modes. It should be noted that the game’s LAN mode may do away with this necessity, but we’ll have to wait until Nintendo provides the final word.

Furthermore, those of you looking to grab the Pokkén Tournament pad should take note that it won’t be compatible with other titles.

Pokkén Tournament is set to launch worldwide on March 18. The controller will be available the same day for $24.99 / £19.99 / ¥3,480.

Source: Nintendo UK via Destructoid, special thanks to Slash5150 for his contributions to this article.